Police Officer Gets Eight Years for Rape, Kidnapping

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Former Denver Police officer Hector Paez has been sentenced to eight years in prison for sexual assault and kidnapping, the Denver District Attorney's Office announced Friday.

Paez was sentenced to eight years in prison for the kidnapping, followed by 10 years to life of sexual-offender probation.

Paez, now 33, was in uniform May 16, 2010, when he came in contact with the victim, a 36-year-old woman, and ran a background check on her, finding an outstanding arrest warrant out of Jefferson County.

Paez then took the woman to an isolated area and coerced her into "performing a sexual act to avoid being taken to jail," the DA's office said when charges were filed.